Doctoral Initiative Steering Committee (DISC)

The ICETE Doctoral Initiative Steering Committee (DISC) began in 2014 to:

  1. Promote excellence and best practice in evangelical doctoral education
  2. Create resources and structures for accreditation and assessment for doctoral programs
  3. Create a database and disseminate knowledge about current doctoral programs
  4. Provide doctoral programs with ideas and information about resources available for doctoral programs and doctoral students
  5. Provide a locus where key issues and challenges faced by doctoral programs can be discussed, researched, and solutions proposed
  6. Promote and facilitate partnership initiatives both Global South to Global North and Global South to Global South
  7. Promote the writing and publication of materials that will serve the development, running, review, and enhancement of doctoral programs offered in evangelical seminaries, colleges, and universities
  8. Enhance the creation of high-quality research culture within and between institutions offering doctoral education, including Global South to South academic dialogue
  9. Develop benchmarks for adequate bibliographical resources and access to them
  10. Gather and distribute information about common (online) courses that can be shared across programs
  11. Create benchmarks for DMin programs
  12. Provide training and resourcing to supervisory faculty on doctoral programs
  13. Provide advice, consultancy, and training to doctoral programs being developed or in proposal

DISC meets virtually and in person throughout the year, including special sessions at the ICETE triennial consultations. For more information about DISC, please contact Dr. Kevin Lawson, Dr. Jung-Sook Lee, or Dr. Steve Chang.